Escucha Atento CD (2004)

Artist: Laura Pausini

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Product Overview


Label Wea International
SKU 63911040
UPC 825646189625
UPC 14 00825646189625
Format CD
Release Date 10/26/2004
Author Laura Pausini
Associated Artist/Work Minogue, Kylie
Technical Info
Engineer Jon Jacobs
Producer Dado Parisini; Celso Valli; Rick Nowels
CatalogID 61896
Lable Name WEA Latina
Released 10/26/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00825646189625
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Laura Pausini (vocals); Massimo Varini (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Roberto Rossi (trombone); Celso Valli (piano, keyboards); Paolo Costa (bass instrument); Ian Thomas , Alfredo Golino (drums); Luca Bignardi (programming).
No stranger to success, Europop sensation Laura Pausini sold over 25 million albums in her first decade or so of recording, quite a feat for someone who was just turning 30 years old and had never broken into the lucrative English-language market. Yet she essentially struck out when she did try to cross over to that English-language market in 2002 with From the Inside. Put mildly, the album bombed stateside. Its qualities (and the qualities of stateside consumers) aside, it was the first full-fledged failure Pausini had experienced in a career of multi-million-selling albums and sold-out world tours. Here was someone who had sung for Pope John Paul II at Christmas and for Barbra Streisand at a birthday party, yet she couldn't sing for ordinary Americans, who just weren't interested in her melodramatic schmaltz. And so Pausini took a sizable break, perhaps the first of her whirlwind, world-conquering career. When she did finally emerge from her self-imposed silence, she returned with Escucha, her first Spanish-language album in four long years (not counting her best-of collection in 2001). (The album was also released in an Italian-language version, Resta in Ascolto.) Expectations were high, obviously, for she'd been gone for what felt like an eon in music years, and they were also high because of the dissatisfaction her Romance-language audience felt with her after the English-only From the Inside and its resulting mixed reception internationally. All of the tension seems to have seeped into the music of Escucha, because this is probably the most intense Pausini album to date. Sure, Europop is by nature dramatic in tone, brassy in approach, melodramatic in mood, and bombastic in practice. But man, Pausini really takes that approach to its fullest extent here, for a great many of these songs feel like "power" ballads, with their soft-hard dynamics, soaring choruses, and emotive outpourings. The album's stellar standout single, "V¡veme," is the prototype. As its chorus approaches, it builds in tension, only to explode in a burst of strings and voice worthy of a solar eclipse. "Escucha Atento," also a single, is another good example, with its outright rocking chorus (perfectly embodied by its video, which has Pausini emoting the chorus from a mountaintop -- with a setting sun behind her, no less!). And so the album goes, with the earlier-sequenced songs packing most of the punch. That's not really a figure of speech, either -- this album really does pack a punch, especially in terms of Europop. Escucha is a forceful return for Pausini, and it bodes well for her continued success. From the Inside notwithstanding, she's made a great career out of precious and passionate indulgence, topped off with her fragile beauty and Italian-Spanish accordance. Few, if any, have done it better, and for that reason, it's great to hear her regain her footing and deliver a purposeful album that just oozes everything poetic about Europop. Nope, nothing schmaltzy here -- nada. ~ Jason Birchmeier
Disc 1
1 La Prospettiva Di Me
2 Viveme
3 Escucha Atento
4 Tu Nombre En Mayusculas
5 Bendecida Pasi¢n
6 Como Si No Nos Hubieramos Amado
7 Tan Importante
8 Hablame
9 Donde El Aire Es Ceniza
10 Amar Completamente
11 Me Abandono A Ti
Product Attributes
Artist Pausini,Laura
Label Wea International
Music Format Compact Disc
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